Homeless man gets up to 78 months for Turkey Hill robbery

By James O’Malley - [email protected] | July 7th, 2015 7:55 pm

By James O’Malley

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WILKES-BARRE — A homeless man who robbed a convenience store last year with a rusty pipe will spend up to six-and-a-half years in state prison.

Stacey Kenney, 49, was sentenced Tuesday in Luzerne County Court to 36 to 78 months on one count of robbery, according to court papers.

Court records indicate Kenney pleaded guilty to the charge in May.

Judge Michael T. Vough credited the man for 219 days served, court papers say.

According to a criminal complaint, a man later identified as Kenney spent some time in a Turkey Hill on Carey Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, before displaying a rusty pipe to a cashier and demanding “all of the money” and “all of the cigarettes” in the early morning hours of Dec 1.

The cashier said Kenney made off with an unknown amount of money, a candy bar and a soda, the complaint says.

Police located the man soon afterward, capturing him in possession of $145 cash, a 3 Musketeers bar and the soda, police say. Despite initially fleeing cops, the complaint says Kenney admitted to robbing the store and was “very cooperative.”

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